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  1. burt reynolds
    Burt Reynolds’s Director on His Final Role in The Last Movie Star“He was more famous than any movie star one can think of today. He didn’t take being famous seriously.”
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    Mac Miller Will Forever Be Immortalized in Rap by This Single Jay-Z TweetIt was the perfect summation of Mac as both a human and rapper.
  3. The Changing Legacy of Tom Wolfe, Chronicler of Changing TimesWolfe made his reputation explaining the young to the old and the cool to the square. But time caught up with him eventually.
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    Tom Wolfe’s Path to ImmortalityNow Wolfe is dead and one wonders what color suit he’ll be buried in, because cremation wouldn’t do.
  5. Remembering Nanette FabrayIn the early 1940s, when Nanette Fabray was in her early 20s, she was touring with a musical revue called Meet the People. By chance one night, […]
  6. Doug Kenney, My Teenage PalI met Doug Kenney, the subject of Netflix’s new biopic A Futile and Stupid Gesture, when I interviewed him for a New York radio station right […]
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    Michael Friedman, Remembered by His Friends and CollaboratorsThe composer and lyricist died on September 8 at age 41 from complications due to HIV/AIDS.
  8. Jerry Lewis, America’s Polarizing Clown PrinceA look back at the life and work of a man who was monstrous — and brilliant.
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    The Music Community Pays Tribute to Gregg AllmanFrom Brian Wilson to his ex-wife Cher.
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    Remembering Jonathan Demme, One of Cinema’s Most Contagious EnthusiastsIt’s hard to imagine movies without Demme in the house. How do you eulogize someone whose overriding aspect is aliveness?
  11. The First Annual Harris Phest Honors a True Comic Original Some deaths remain fresh wounds that refuse to heal or dissipate with time. They remain eternally painful. The deaths of Johnny Cash and […]
  12. Sarah Silverman, Amy Poehler, Mike Schur, and More Remember Harris WittelsAhead of what would be his 33rd birthday this Thursday, The Guardian has a wonderful piece out today about the late Harris Wittels, who died in […]
  13. Remembering Lashonda Lester, the Funniest Person in Austin A wave of shock and grief swept through the Austin comedy scene yesterday as news spread that 2016’s Funniest Person in Austin winner […]
  14. Stan Freberg: Guerrilla Satirist Dan Pasternack is a comedy producer and programmer as well as a scribbler and superfan who loves alliterative couplets almost as much as he […]
  15. Late Night Hosts Remember Don Rickles, the ‘Greatest Talk Show Guest of […]Following yesterday’s news that legendary comedian Don Rickles died at age 90, last night, late night hosts paid tribute to Rickles in their […]
  16. The Comedy World Remembers Don Rickles: ‘Nice Job Dying, You Hockey Puck’Lots of hockey puck jokes.
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    In Remembrance of James Rosenquist: 1933 – 2017The first-rank Pop Artist has died.
  18. Remembering Chuck Barris, Accidental Comedy PioneerWhen she stumbles upon me chuckling at something she finds bewildering, my wife periodically asks me, “Is this that anti-comedy you like?” […]
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    Dan Aykroyd Says One Final Good-bye to His ‘Beloved Showboat’ Carrie FisherThe two were briefly engaged for a period of time.
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    The Music Community Mourns ‘Rock’s Greatest Practitioner’ Chuck Berry“This is a tremendous loss of a giant for the ages.”
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    Training Day’s Creator Remembers Bill Paxton’s Humor and Grace on Set“No one worked harder or was harder on Bill than he was on himself.”
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    Bill Paxton, the Consummate Everyman, Was at His Best on Big LoveHis everyman qualities made him an ideal leading man on the HBO series.
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    Mary Tyler Moore Was One of the Most Important Auteurs in TV HistoryShe leaves behind a transformed TV landscape, more respectful of the emotional lives of women.
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    Tony Visconti Writes Deeply Personal Reflection on David Bowie’s Death“I talk to David in my head all the time.”
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    Harvey Fierstein Remembers Partying With Debbie Reynolds “Don’t worry, it’s just a hangover.”
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    Read Rob Delaney’s Touching Tribute to Carrie Fisher“I revered Carrie until I met her and then I loved her.”
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    Growing Pains Star Joanna Kerns Remembers Alan Thicke“He was my mentor and friend, and I loved him.”
  28. The Boiler Room’s Last Night It felt like the longest five minutes of my life. It was my second time performing standup comedy, but my first at the appropriately-named […]
  29. Mel Brooks Looks Back on Meeting Gene Wilder on ‘The Tonight Show’Here’s a clip from last night’s Tonight Show, where Mel Brooks looks back on the very first time he met Gene Wilder backstage at a play, which […]
  30. James Corden Looks Back on the Time He Met Gene Wilder on ‘The Late Late […]At the beginning of last night’s Late Late Show, James Corden took a few minutes to respond to the news that comedy icon Gene Wilder passed […]
  31. Judd Apatow, Sarah Silverman, Kevin Nealon, and More Remember Garry […]It’s been a month since Garry Shandling died at his home in Los Angeles, and while there have been many tributes to him over the past few […]
  32. Kevin Nealon Looks Back on His 35+ Year Friendship with Garry ShandlingSNL alum Kevin Nealon has a wonderful piece out today at The Hollywood Reporter that’s a followup of sorts to yesterday’s news that a ton of […]
  33. Comedians Honor Garry Shandling by Playing One More Basketball Game at His […]To pay their respects to Garry Shandling, a bunch of his comedian friends recently met at Shandling’s house to continue one of his weekly […]
  34. Conan O’Brien Remembers Garry ShandlingConan O’Brien and his late night team heard the sad news of Garry Shandling’s passing right before yesterday’s Conan taping, so during the […]
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    Celebrities React to Robin Williams’s DeathThe comic touched everyone from Steven Spielberg to President Obama.
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    Remembering Tony Scott Through Ridley’s CameraSet to Hans Zimmer’s True Romance theme.
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    Edelstein Remembers LeonardOver at his blog, the Projectionist, David Edelstein has posted an appreciation.
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